JUST IN: Another taxi boss Isaac Sello Letsoalo (38) shot dead in Mpumalanga

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A manhunt is underway for the killers of an Mpumalanga taxi boss who was shot dead in his private vehicle, police said on Sunday.

Isaac Sello Letsoalo, 38, was found by police officers who were patrolling a road at Pankop on Saturday night, said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

"It was during the search process that they found a man on a sitting position next to the open driver’s door outside the vehicle, profusely bleeding from the face," he said.

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Letsoalo had been shot multiple times in the upper body and was still breathing.

He was certified dead after paramedics arrived at the scene.

Hlathi said a white sedan had apparently stopped next to Letsoalo’s vehicle and opened fire before making a U-turn and fleeing.

"The motive for the murder is currently unknown but police are not ruling out the possibility of it being related to an ongoing taxi feud in the area."

No arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation can contact Captain Jan Phofele at 079 499 5244 or the SAPS Crime Stop number, 08600 10111.

More than 50 people in the taxi industry have already lost their lives since the start of the year in a war that few appear to fully understand.

Another taxi owner of the Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand and Sandton (Armsta) Taxi Association was shot dead on Monday last week.

According to witnesses at the scene, he was shot by a number of unknown men, who waited for him to reverse out of his yard in Tsutsumani in the Alexandra township near Sandton before firing shots.

More than 30 bullets were found at the scene. It is unknown how many bullet wounds he sustained in the process.

The driver’s death comes less than two weeks after an Armsta taxi boss was gunned down on 12 July.

Four more drivers were critically wounded while two escaped uninjured in the ambush on the R74 between Colenso and Weenen. Sithole noted yesterday that the 11 deceased were associated with the Ivory Park Taxi Association in Gauteng and had been returning to Gauteng from the funeral of an associate when the attack happened.

Brothers Sibongiseni and Bongani Mngoma, as well as their friend Nkosi Mthembu, all from KwaZulu-Natal, were killed in Ivory Park on July 12, after being shot multiple times.

The day after, the Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand and Sandton Taxi Association chairperson Themba Sam Budza and member Fani Ramatfwane were shot dead in Marlboro, Sandton.

The association’s John Mnisi said on Friday they had been gunned down late on Thursday afternoon while travelling home.

On May 14, Umbumbulu Taxi Association member Bonginkosi Makhanya and his 16-year-old son Melusi were shot dead in Umbumbulu, south of Durban.

On May 18, Kempton Park Taxi Association chairperson Johnson Mdakawas was shot 29 times and killed in his driveway in Midrand in front of his wife and daughter.

A taxi war between Johannesburg’s Southern Suburbs Taxi Association and Bara City Taxi Owners Association left four people dead on April 24, while on May 23, four people were killed and six others wounded during a shooting in Brakpan.

The list goes on.


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